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Speed Metal Symphony

Cacophony, CacophonyAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Shrapnel
  • ASIN: B00000106F
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,935 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Savage
2. Where My Fortune Lies
3. The Ninja
4. Concerto
5. Burn The Ground
6. Desert Island
7. Speed Metal Symphony

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Guitar Work But Really Lame Vocals October 12, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I've been a fan of neo-cassical shred guitar since its beginings and I will say that this CD has some of the craziest dual guitar work EVER - next to the band "Racer X." However, when I first got this CD I was expecting an instrumental album that would take me on a musical epic journey. Unfortunately that wasn't the case. Instead, this album has typical song structures with verses and a chorus. The singer on this album sounds like someone doing a parody of a heavy metal singer, and the majority of the songs are written without much thought; fairly primitive in musical structure (except the solos and the instrumentals "Concerto" and "Speed Metal Symphony." The song "The Ninja" has a really cool intro but then those vocals come in :PThis CD is good for about 3 songs. I've always told myself that a CD is worth owning if it has at least 3 good songs, so buy it if you feel the same way. However, I think that Jason Becker's solo album "Perpetual Burn" is MUCH MUCH better. Also check out Yngwie Malmsteen's "Concerto for Electric Guitar And Orchestra In E flat Minor Op.1 - Millennium" for the best representation of neo-classical shred guitar.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Visceral! April 30, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
An absolute orgy of power chords and solos...but even that description is oversimplified,and may conjure images of mindless noise,as nothing is further from the truth. "Classical" music never sounded so good. Your pulse will thump like a jackhammer as you marvel how clever and creative this stuff is,and laugh at how serendiptious it is to combine classical melodies with depleted urianium grade metal--and how great it works. Judged by "song" standards,a couple of tracks seem uncohesive...but it doesn't matter,as you're still euphoric from those ephonious riffs.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Classic Neoclassic January 16, 2005
By Eric B
Format:Audio CD
This album is difinitely on the required listening list for Neoclassical rock guitar history 101. A collaboration of two of the finest guitarists in the 80's shred scene, Speed Metal Symphony delivers the goods on hyperfast classically influenced guitar playing.

Two tracks, "Concerto" and "Speed Metal Symphony" are instrumentals, and are also the highlights of the release. The lyric laden "pop" songs on this record just don't seem to have the same impact, although the guitar lead on "Desert Island" probably set the world speed shred record at the time. Speed Metal Symphony shows a "Cacophony" at their best in the extended instrumental form, as the title would suggest.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guitar Wizardry at its best February 16, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Let me the say that the vocals on this cd may be painful at first, yet you get over them very quickly, except for a few spots. Even so, they do not lower my score for the album, and at times are quite catchy.

Savage - Good riffs, good solos, catchy, purely driven madness to start this insane album. 93/100

Where My Fortune Lies - the intro is absolutely nuts, and the highlight of the song. Probably my least favorite after this, yet the solos are still out of this world. 87/100

Ninja - what a great song! The intro is one of the greatest things I have heard in my life, and this song may actually have you humming along at points. NINJA! Very well laid out, and the solos at the end are the best so far on the album. Brilliance. 97/100

Concerto - Amazing once again, and Becker the 17 year old prodigy showcases himself throughout. He proves he is the master of sweeping and arpreggios all over this album, and this song is an insane instrumental that captures melodies like none other. More notes played in 4 1/2 minutes than in George Harrison's entire career. 98/100

Burn the Ground - fastest on the album solo wise in fact Becker is so fast it is hard to believe that its human. Very melodic too except when there are vocals, the song is kinda of disgusting. 87/100

Desert Island -another amazing song very well laid out with great solos and great riffs. The outro is the perfect intro to Speed Metal Symphony. The vocals are actually good on this song, like Ninja., an entertaining song. 97/100

Speed Metal Symphony - nine minutes of shredding and arpreggios and all kinds of melodic madness that is beauty to any shredder's ears. Everything about this song is good.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The apex of mid 80's neoclassical guitar phenomenon November 26, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Cacophony's "Speed Metal Symphony" contains some INTENSE lead guitarwork. The harmonized sweep arpeggios and speed picking runs are insane! The rhythm guitar,vocals and composition,however,are AWFUL. In addition- The album sounds like it was recorded on an 8-track tape machine in someone's garage! ("Speed Metal Symphony" is a novelty of sorts in the neoclassical guitar world.)

The lead guitar heroics on this album can't be denied. The song "Speed Metal Symphony" is jaw-dropping in terms of technique and overall dexterity. If you yearn to hear classic mid 80's-style shredding guitar TO THE EXTREME, then pick this album up...just don't expect to be impressed with the rhythm guitar,vocals,compositions and production.


A (for lead guitar)

F (for everthing else)

*The album still gets a 4 star rating for its "novelty!"
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A quintessential speed metal shred-fest
"Speed Metal Symphony," the first of two albums from Cacophony, a guitar-virtuoso combo of Marty Friedman and Jason Becker, is nothing if not a complete and total shred-fest from... Read more
Published 14 months ago by A. Stutheit
3.0 out of 5 stars Great guitar players!!
I like these guys are guitar players and they are extremely good at many things but I it isn't as good as I had hoped it would be. Read more
Published 17 months ago by RSisler
5.0 out of 5 stars JASON AND MARTY ROCK!
Published 17 months ago by Sean Embury
4.0 out of 5 stars A Vast Assemblage of Metal Guitar Indulegences, Topped with Abrasive...
One of the more extreme entries in the Shrapnel Records catalog, Speed Metal Symphony showcases the inhuman instrumental talents of not one, but TWO guitar virtuosos - Marty... Read more
Published 18 months ago by A Blues In Drag
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent shredding
Fan of guitar playing? guitar shredding? This is for you. Excellnt skills these guys have, along with the talent needed to compose music for two guitars, both playing lead. Read more
Published on September 27, 2010 by David J. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Awesome!!!
This album is awesome. I bought it a few years ago and am still blown away every time I play it on my player. Read more
Published on April 13, 2010 by F. R. Aguirre
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing album
If you are into to fast guitar playing, classical music, or anything all around Badass, BUY THIS ALBUM. Read more
Published on September 6, 2009 by Pantallica47
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece!
This is the best neoclassical guitar album ever along their second album and jason becker perpetual burn and i dont need anyone else agreement. Read more
Published on July 31, 2008 by Cryptic Writings
Published on March 8, 2007 by Danny Vallerand
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing.
this is one of the best albums ive ever purchased. If you like neo classical music with some speed metal to it then you will LOVE this cd. Read more
Published on November 3, 2006 by N. Ivers
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